Notes

  • First gig: Silver Sun. Last gig: Arab Strap. Best gig: Gene. Worst: Spearmint. Loudest: Mogwai. Seen most: Shed Seven. Most surprising: Chas & Dave. Next concert: Martin Rossiter. Wish I could have seen: Nick Drake. twitter.com…
  • This three-part podcast from @devleadership_ on engineering leadership roles is well worth queueing up. Plenty of takeaways from Jason Warner (@jasoncwarner) and Eiso Kant (@eisokant). podcasts.apple.com…
  • Tomorrow I’m assembling my team for the first time together in real life for workshops and /collaboration/ in a conference room. I had to dig around to find my Sharpies, Post-Its, exercise print-outs and an HDMI adapter. It’s been a while!
  • Nice try, Apple… sending a kill command to brick my iPhone in the early hours of this morning on the day the shiny, new 13 is released. Sneaky. The display flickered forlornly before it finally gave up. Thankfully my mobile insurance covers a replacement 😥
  • I upgraded to iOS 15 and so far so good: Forcing myself to use Safari’s bottom address bar. New 1Password extension is a big time-saver. I tried iCloud+'s custom email domain support and it works perfectly, including on Big Sur. Just waiting for Monterey.
  • Always nice to find links to my website from fans on HN 👋😘 mckinley.cc…
  • I’ve updated my IndieWeb wiki profile page to better reflect my recent projects.
  • Second COVID vaccination 💪. Feeling a bit sore in my arm but relieved to have had both doses.
  • I’m impressed with how easy it’s been setting up #homebridge on my RaspberryPi to control my non-HomeKit devices. I’m slowly moving across from Alexa using plugins for a Dyson fan, Nest Cams, Tapo switches and a Govee light strip. 👌
  • I’m one of the lucky few to be going to #ENG v #CRO today at #EURO2020. First train, first tube, first crowd and first football match since COVID began! Excited but a bit nervous about it all.
  • “Get a safe, minimized version of your production database on your laptop in minutes” – www.snaplet.dev… This is a real developer problem that I’ve seen happen many times over, so I’m excited to see how Snaplet progresses.
  • Experience: “I’ve had the same supper for 10 years” I have two pieces of fish, an onion, an egg, baked beans and biscuits. Being a farmer means every day is the same. There’s something beautiful in the simplicity of Wilf’s life. It’s easy to envy his contentment.
  • I’ve recently switched to Mimestream for email on my Macs. It’s the slickest macOS Gmail experience I’ve found. It’s unapologetically tied to Gmail (including optional keyboard shortcuts) so you’re not battling with IMAP. It’s currently free but I’ll happily pay for the 1.0.
  • Matt was kind enough to spend a couple of hours with me this afternoon over video, quickly understanding our pain points and giving me plenty of ideas and insights. If you’re looking for someone to advise on product, technology or design you should definitely get in touch. twitter.com…
  • 📢 I’m excited to share that I’m one of the speakers at this month’s #CTOCraftCon. I’ll be virtually joining some seriously amazing CTOs talking about Delivery. Details and tickets at conference.ctocraft.com… twitter.com…
  • I really like the Life Happens page in the IndieWeb wiki that Ana highlights. Such a great message to acknowledge that other things happen in people’s lives that can prevent them participating in a community. twitter.com…
  • Micropublish now supports the proposed Micropub extension for Channels. If your server’s endpoint responds to ?q=channel, or your config has a channel property, you can use the new field. While my current site doesn’t use channels, I’ve designed page management in my new, work-in-progress server to use the new proposal.
  • Six years after I tried it and initially questioned the pricing, I guess Slack knew what they were doing. Not bad for a spin-off from a MMORPG. www.theguardian.com…
  • I’ve been using @tailwindcss for a few weeks and surprised myself by how much it clicked. Like many, I thought it was heresy, but building with it is fast and addictive. Happy to see dark-mode support and more in 2.0. twitter.com…
  • Source control in the 1980s using a pink dinosaur, part of Paul Fellows’ tales of Acornsoft, Arthur and RISC OS: We had 7 or 8 guys trying to write an operating system to go into a ROM, so you’ve got to get it right, and they’re all doing different bits of it and some of these share system files. No CVS, no source control, no Sourcesafe, none of that. The solution was the main system header file with all the constants, SWI numbers and addresses of everything lived in. You could edit that if you...
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